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White sapote

Rutaceae Casimira edulis Llave and Lex.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This fruit, generally called white sapote in the United States, is distantly related to citrus. The tree is a free-growing evergreen, native to Central America, about as hardy as lemon. Fruits are near globose, 3 to 4 inches in diameter, with a thin, nearly smooth, inedible skin. Color of ripe fruit varies from green to yellow. Flesh is yellow, tender, buttery, and sweet, with a slight turpentine flavor. Trees bloom and set fruit in both spring and fall.

Season, bloom to maturity: About 5 months from spring bloom, 7 to 8 months from fall bloom.

Production in U.S.: No data. Dooryard trees in Florida and California.

Use: Fresh eating.

Part consumed: Internal flesh only.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch